FO:APFC/2000/REP



REPORT

of the

EIGHTEENTH SESSION

of the

ASIA-PACIFIC FORESTRY COMMISSION

Noosaville, Queensland, Australia

15 - 19 May 2000

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Regional office for Asia and the Pacific

Bangkok, 2000




Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION

At the invitation of the Government of Australia, the eighteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission was held in Noosaville, Queensland, Australia from 15 to 19 May 2000. Representatives of 25 member nations and observers from 8 international, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations attended the session. A list of participants is given in Appendix B.

Mr. M. Hosny El-Lakany, Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department of FAO, welcomed participants on behalf of the Director-General of FAO. He thanked the Government of Australia, and especially Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia, and the Queensland Government for the excellent arrangements. He noted with appreciation the contributions of Australia to forestry development in the region, particularly in support of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission.

Reflecting on priority forest policies and technical issues facing Asia and the Pacific, Mr. El-Lakany noted the numerous challenges associated with promoting and achieving sustainable forest management. He stressed the need for increased political support to complement technical solutions for improving forest management, and singled out the challenges of adequately protecting the rich biological resources of the region's natural forests, and effectively dealing with forest fire issues. He highlighted the importance of trade and marketing of forest products within the region, and the need for better data and statistics to support decision-making. He also noted with appreciation the advances made in Asia and the Pacific in enhancing people's participation in forest management.

Mr. El-Lakany concluded by highlighting FAO's efforts to decentralize staff and introduce some structural changes to facilitate better support to member countries, the importance FAO gives to the regional forestry commissions as mechanisms for identifying, analyzing, and dealing with critical forestry issues, and the need for forging strong partnerships among countries and international organizations to effectively implement national forest programmes.

In his inaugural address, The Honorable Wilson Tuckey, Australian Minister for Forestry and Conservation, outlined Australia's policies oriented toward balancing forest use and environmental protection. He described Australia's positive experiences in forging Regional Forest Agreements that significantly increased the area of forest under protection, while ensuring a steady supply of raw material for industry over the coming two decades. Minister Tuckey also stressed the importance of basing forest policies on sound science rather than political expediency. He asserted that governments had a responsibility in forest certification, and called for member governments to become involved in the recognition of standards between countries. The Minister concluded by describing Australia's ambitious "Plantations Vision 2020," which aims to develop a 3-million hectare plantation estate by the year 2020.

ADOPTION OF AGENDA (Item 1)

Under the guidance of Mr. I G.M. Tantra (Indonesia), on behalf of the outgoing Chairman of the Commission, the provisional agenda (FO:APFC/2000/1) was reviewed and adopted (see Appendix A). Documents submitted for consideration by the Commission are listed in Appendix C.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS (Item 2)

The Commission unanimously elected the following individuals to hold office until the commencement of the nineteenth session:

Chairman: Peter Yuile (Australia)

Vice-Chairmen: H.M. Bandaratillake (Sri Lanka)

Xeme Samountry (Lao PDR)

Lamjav Dorjtseden (Mongolia)

Rapporteur: Gary Man (U.S.A.)

Mr. Patrick Durst (FAO) served as Secretary of the Commission.

STATE OF FORESTRY IN THE REGION (Item 3)

The Commission considered agenda item 3 on the basis of national reports and Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/2, which presented an overview of forestry conditions and developments since the last session of the Commission. Country delegates also provided useful summaries of recent developments and issues in their countries. Attention was drawn to the Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study, which was completed in 1998 under the auspices of the Commission, the results of which remain highly relevant.

Many countries reported on initiatives to accelerate decentralization and devolution of forest management and increase participation of relevant stakeholders in forest management decision-making. Several countries reported on recent efforts to update and revise forest policies and legislation, in many cases made to accommodate new modalities in participatory forest management.

Countries reported progress toward achieving sustainable forest management during the past two years. Common efforts were cited in developing and implementing national codes of practice for forest harvesting, elaboration and testing of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, and establishment of certification schemes. The Commission recommended that member countries continue to share experiences and work together, with support from FAO and other international organizations, to effectively implement national codes of practice for forest harvesting, and to document and promote "best management practices" and guidelines for reduced impact logging.

Forest protection remains a common concern among the Commission's members. Several countries reported on efforts to expand and strengthen the management of protected areas and the conservation of forest biological diversity. Uncontrolled forest clearing and forest fires were reported as major threats to forests in the region. The Commission recommended that member countries and international organizations increase their efforts to deal with the pressing issues related to forest fire management.

National forest programmes were seen as an effective mechanism for forest planning, and for mobilizing and coordinating necessary support for forestry in the region. Several countries highlighted the lack of financial resources and technical expertise for implementing national forest programmes, and requested FAO to increase its support for the implementation of national forest programmes and the transfer of technology.

The Commission noted that the twenty-fifth FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific would be held in Yokohama, Japan, in August 2000. It recommended that the results and recommendations of the current session of the Commission be presented to the FAO Regional Conference to highlight the commitment of member governments to sustainable forest management.

REVIEW OF FAO REGULAR AND FIELD PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING FOLLOW-UP TO THE REQUESTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SEVENTEENTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION (Item 4)

On the basis of Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/3, the Commission considered the FAO forestry programmes carried out during 1998-99. The Secretariat informed the Commission of the basic objectives and functions of the FAO regular programme, which attempts to provide information and statistics, analyses and outlook studies, opportunities for policy discussions, and technical assistance. Major activities in the areas of policy and planning, forest products, and forest resources were described. The Commission noted FAO's emphasis on synergy between the regular programme and the field programme, and efforts to work in partnership with other organizations in the region.

The Commission was informed of FAO's plans to further decentralize the management of field project operations to national FAO offices and regional technical groups over two years. It was anticipated that this would result in substantial savings and increased efficiency in delivering project support to member countries. It was recognized, however, that the restructuring would introduce some near-term uncertainty and adjustment.

The Commission welcomed FAO's recent initiatives to enhance collaboration and partnership with other international organizations and member countries. It also appreciated the increasing level of in-kind contributions supplementing the limited resources of FAO. The Commission encouraged FAO to increase budget and staff resources devoted to forestry. It further encouraged FAO to continue efforts to secure additional budgetary resources through innovative and flexible financing arrangements.

The Commission generally approved of the regular programme activities and field projects being carried out by FAO in the region. The Commission recommended that FAO continue support for the development and implementation of national codes of practice for forest harvesting. It also requested FAO to give increased attention to decentralization and devolution of forest management, the impacts of economic globalization on the international trade of forest products, and the strengthening of capacity for collecting and analyzing forestry information and statistics.

The Commission noted with appreciation the follow-up actions that had been taken on the recommendations of the seventeenth session.

REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRESS OF THE APFC AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT (Item 5)

The Commission reviewed the activities of the APFC ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management on the basis of Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/4. The Commission recalled that the Working Group had been established four years ago at the sixteenth session of the Commission. During the two years since the last Commission meeting, the Working Group gave high priority to the following:

The Commission praised the work of the APFC ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management and agreed that it should continue to play a positive role in promoting sustainable forest management in the region. The Commission extended the mandate of the ad hoc Working Group for an additional two years, and further recommended that it give priority to supporting the implementation of the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific, consistent with the Regional Strategy for Implementing the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific. The Commission adopted revised terms of reference for the Working Group, attached as Appendix D.

The Commission acknowledged that much of the success of the ad hoc Working Group could be attributed to the substantial contributions made by national governments, various international organizations, the FAO Secretariat, and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops, which served as Task Manager for the ad hoc Working Group. Following a request from the Commission, Indonesia agreed to continue serving the Working Group in this capacity. The Commission urged contributing organizations to maintain their positive support.

(A) IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CODE OF PRACTICE FOR FOREST HARVESTING IN ASIA-PACIFIC

Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/5 provided the basis for the Commission's review of the efforts that had been made since the last session to support implementation of the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific. Efforts focused on building awareness for the Code, generating increased political support, enhancing training, exchanging information on code implementation, and developing and implementing national codes of practice for forest harvesting. Excellent support for these activities was provided by the APFC ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management, member countries, FAO, and other international organizations.

The Commission acknowledged the progress that several member countries had made in developing and implementing national codes of practice, sets of guidelines, or principles, complementary to the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific. It noted that at least 14 member countries had already developed national codes, or were in the process of drafting such codes. It further acknowledged that several countries that had developed national codes several years ago were reviewing and revising these codes, as appropriate.

Recognizing the importance of securing firm political and administrative support for the implementation of the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific, the Commission recommended that member countries continue to seek opportunities to obtain regional, sub-regional, and national political support for implementing the Code by requesting appropriate fora to examine the Code with a view toward possible endorsement. The Commission further suggested that efforts be made to link implementation to existing initiatives for which political commitment already exists (e.g., international initiatives for development and implementation of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, ITTO's Year 2000 Objective, and ASEAN and Secretariat of the Pacific Community initiatives on forestry).

The Commission emphasized the critical importance of engaging the private sector for effective Code implementation and related efforts to achieve sustainable forest management. It urged the ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management to increase efforts to involve the private sector in its activities.

Acknowledging the daunting needs for training at various levels to strengthen capacity for implementing codes of practice for forest harvesting, the Commission welcomed the efforts of the ad hoc Working Group to develop a training strategy. It recommended that the draft training strategy be reviewed by member countries, completed, and widely circulated as quickly as possible. It also recommended that increased attention be given to training and research directed toward improving community-based and other small-scale forest harvesting.

The Commission endorsed the proposal to convene an "International Conference on the Application of Reduced Impact Logging to Advance Sustainable Forest Management: Constraints, Challenges and Opportunities," in Kuching, Malaysia in January 2001, and the proposed objectives and expected outputs of the conference. It recommended that the conference focus on the practical application of, and impediments to, widespread adoption of reduced impact logging. The Commission also saw the conference as an opportunity to further build high-level support and political commitment for practical actions toward sustainable forest management.

(B) REGIONAL STRATEGY FOR IMPLEMENTING THE CODE

The Commission reviewed the drafting process and the content of the Regional Strategy for the Implementing the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific on the basis of Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/6 and the draft strategy itself.

The Commission commended the process of developing the regional strategy, which was prepared through an interactive process coordinated by the ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management. The Commission expressed particular appreciation for the substantial contributions provided by national governments, various international organizations, the FAO Secretariat, and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops. It also noted that the process had benefited significantly from inputs provided during the APFC study tour to Sabah, Malaysia, on reduced impact logging for high-level officials in (March 1999), the pilot "training-of-trainers" workshop in Malaysia (May 1999), the Regional Consultation on the Implementation of Codes of Logging Practice and Directions for the Future, held in Vanuatu (July 1999), and the Training Strategy Workshop in Indonesia (February 2000).

The Commission endorsed the Regional Strategy for Implementing the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific and acknowledged it as a useful framework for guiding implementation activities in the coming years. It urged member countries and cooperating international organizations to facilitate the timely implementation of the regional strategy.

(C) REGIONAL INITIATIVE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF DRY FORESTS IN ASIA

The Commission was briefed on the Regional Initiative for the Development and Implementation of National-Level Criteria and Indicators for the Sustainable Management of Dry Forests in Asia on the basis of Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/7 and the draft report of a workshop convened in support of this activity. The Commission recalled that, at its seventeenth session, it had requested FAO, in collaboration with partner organizations, to facilitate and enhance the involvement of those countries not yet involved in international processes related to criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.

The Commission was informed of the results of a "Workshop on National-Level Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Dry Forests in Asia," which was convened in Bhopal, India, in late 1999, with support from FAO, UNEP, ITTO, USDA Forest Service, and the Indian Institute of Forest Management. Nine Asian countries with dry forests participated in the workshop and agreed on a reference set of 8 national-level criteria and 49 indicators for the sustainable management of dry forests in Asia.

The Commission endorsed the Regional Initiative for the Development and Implementation of National-Level Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Dry Forests in Asia. It recognized the reference set of criteria and indicators established by the initiative as a useful framework, in appropriate circumstances, for monitoring progress toward sustainable forest management. It was stressed, however, that criteria and indicators must be practical and appropriately adapted to each country's needs and conditions.

Acknowledging the value of sharing experiences and expertise, the Commission recommended that FAO identify focal points in member countries to help facilitate the exchange of information and experiences related to the development and implementation of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. It also recommended that FAO, in collaboration with other international organizations, convene a follow-up workshop for members of the regional initiative and other interested countries in 2001. Noting that several members of the Commission were exploring the prospects for developing criteria and indicators for community-based forest management, the Commission urged FAO to facilitate the exchange of information and experiences on this topic.

The Commission recommended that the ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management explore options to link criteria and indicators at both the national and field levels to other mechanisms such as codes of practice for forest harvesting, certification, and operational guidelines.

(D) EFFICACY OF REMOVING NATURAL FORESTS FROM TIMBER PRODUCTION AS A STRATEGY FOR CONSERVING FORESTS

Based on Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/8 and a report of a pre-APFC policy seminar convened just prior to the session (see Appendix E for the agenda), delegates considered the results of the "Study of the Efficacy of Removing Natural Forests from Timber Production as a Strategy for Conserving Forests." The Commission had requested FAO and the Commission's ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management to investigate experiences of Asia-Pacific countries in implementing logging bans and other restrictions on timber harvesting.

The Commission commended FAO and the ad hoc Working Group for conducting the study, which was considered timely, relevant, and objective. The Commission noted the investigative nature of the study and reiterated that it was not its purpose to advocate logging bans or any other specific restrictions on timber harvesting.

The Commission reviewed the results of six country case studies and the preliminary results of a regional overview of the policy, economic, environmental and social implications of implementing logging bans and timber harvesting restrictions. It noted that countries had achieved mixed results in implementing logging bans. While some countries had some success in achieving conservation objectives through logging bans, removal of natural forests from timber production had resulted in significant negative impacts on the forest products sector and had resulted in disruptive effects in neighboring countries through legal and illegal trade, timber smuggling, and market distortions.

The Commission recognized that logging bans were not a simple solution to the challenges of forest protection, but were only one possible tool available to policy makers that might be selectively applied to assist in balanced long-term forest conservation. The Commission noted that logging bans tend to focus on the symptoms of prior forest policy and management failure, but seldom directly address the underlying problems and causes of forest misuse and degradation. However, under certain conditions and taking into account relevant factors, logging bans and temporary logging bans may be appropriate.

The Commission agreed that alternatives to broadly applied logging bans should be considered, with an emphasis on achieving sustainable forest management. It stressed that clear policies and goals for forest protection and use are needed. It also acknowledged the need for improved monitoring and assessment of both protected and production forests to assure effective implementation of policies.

The Commission requested FAO to widely disseminate the results of the study, including the country case studies, so that the experiences could be reviewed and practical conclusions drawn by other member countries. It also requested FAO to produce and disseminate an executive summary covering the case studies and the regional overview.

The Commission also considered issues identified by the study as requiring additional information and analysis for effective policy making. The Commission agreed with the importance of these areas for further analysis and acknowledged the activities already underway in other organizations. The Commission encouraged FAO and the ad hoc Working Group to work with other organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration on the following issues:

FOLLOW-UP TO THE IFF: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS, EXPECTATIONS OF COUNTRIES, OPPORTUNITIES FOR NATIONAL FOREST PROGRAMMES AND CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS (Item 6)

The Commission was informed of the latest developments in follow up to the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF) on the basis of Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/9.

Among the major conclusions of the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests was the recommendation to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) to approve the establishment of a new international arrangement on forests to promote the management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. The new intergovernmental body may be called the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF). Principal functions of the UNFF would be to: (a) facilitate and promote the implementation of the IPF/IFF proposals for action; (b) provide a forum for continued policy development and dialogue among governments; (c) enhance cooperation and coordination among international and regional organizations; (d) foster international cooperation, including North-South and public-private partnerships; and (e) monitor and assess progress.

The Commission stressed that the UNFF should be action-oriented and transparent, and should avoid debate on issues for which decisions have previously been reached. FAO has informed the Commission on Sustainable Development of its willingness to host the Secretariat of the UNFF.

Recognizing that many countries with limited financial resources find it difficult to participate fully in global forums, the Commission suggested that FAO's regional forestry commissions and the Committee on Forestry (COFO) could play important roles in supporting practical implementation of IPF/IFF proposals and facilitating dialogue and cooperation.

IN-SESSION SEMINAR: CERTIFICATION AND FOREST PRODUCT LABELLING (ITEM 7)

During a special in-session seminar, the Commission considered issues related to forest certification and forest product labelling on the basis of Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/10 and presentations by seven speakers from government, industry, certification processes, international organizations, and community organizations. The agenda of the in-session seminar is attached as Appendix F.

The seminar covered a wide range of issues and provided an opportunity for the exchange of information, experiences and views. Issues receiving particular attention included: (a) the opportunities and problems of market demand and market access; (b) chain of custody; (c) the special situation facing small producers, especially community organizations; (d) the possible linkages between criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management and certification; (e) the role and responsibilities of governments; and (f) the needs and activities of the private sector.

The Commission recognized the high degree of attention being given to certification, and its risks and opportunities for the forestry sector. The Commission recognized that to date few forests have been certified in the Asia-Pacific region, but there was widespread interest and concern in the region about certification. It was cognizant of the complexity of issues and the wide range of views on these issues.

The Commission noted that certification could potentially encourage sustainable forest management and protect markets and market access. It acknowledged, however, that there were still many concerns and difficulties with implementation. A number of certification efforts in the region were discussed, including those of the Forest Stewardship Council, the Indonesian Ekolabelling Institute, ITTO's work on criteria and indicators, New Zealand Forest Industries Council Verification of Environmental Performance schemes, and various proposals for community-based forest management.

The Commission recognized that many issues remained to be resolved and that considerable uncertainty existed because of the number of schemes and the diversity of approaches being taken. Members noted the confusion concerning the implementation of certification, and suggested that there was a need for increased efforts to address these concerns. The Commission supported efforts to ensure a greater degree of mutual recognition between different schemes.

The Commission noted that certification would continue to be important to member countries and encouraged the exchange of information and experiences. The Commission further recommended that FAO increase efforts to provide information and facilitate information sharing and dialogue among members to expand the level of understanding and to assist decision-making related to certification and labelling.

FORESTRY AND THE KYOTO PROTOCOL: KEY ISSUES (ITEM 8)

The Commission considered key issues related to forestry and the Kyoto Protocol on the basis of Secretariat Note FO:APFC/2000/11.

The Commission noted the complexity of the issues and the fact that this was an on-going subject of considerable interest to the forestry sector. The Commission recognized the wide range of issues that remain unresolved at this stage and a range of views on these issues.

The Commission noted that forestry was not at the forefront of the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, but that these negotiations were potentially extremely important for the forestry sector. It further noted that the potential existed for developing countries to realize substantial benefits under the Clean Development Mechanism.

The Commission was informed of several studies and supportive activities, including research being conducted to determine how communities might benefit by using their forests for carbon sequestration. The Commission requested that members be kept informed of this and other relevant research and progress of negotiations related to forestry and Kyoto Protocol. The Commission requested FAO to facilitate the exchange of information among members of the Commission on Kyoto Protocol issues of relevance to forestry.

The Commission endorsed FAO's intention to strengthen its capacity to advise and guide member countries to make the best use of the potential new opportunities offered through the Kyoto Protocol.

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF MOUNTAINS (ITEM 9)

The Commission was informed of plans to observe the International Year of Mountains in 2002 on the basis on Information Note FO:APFC/2000/INF.4.

In 1998, the United Nations General Assembly nominated FAO as the lead UN agency to prepare for, and implement the International Year of Mountains. The Commission was informed that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Mountains had subsequently been reactivated and that FAO was in the process of establishing regional networks on mountains. A series of international and national meetings and workshops on mountains was also being planned.

The Commission noted the relevance of the International Year of Mountains because of the significance of mountain ecosystems in the region. It also pointed out the large number of organizations based in Asia and the Pacific that are dealing with mountain-related issues.

The Commission requested FAO to make available information and promotional materials for the International Year of Mountains to member countries early to allow countries to prepare adequately for activities at the national level.

PRELIMINARY FOREST RESOURCES ASSESSMENT 2000 FINDINGS (Item 10)

The Commission was informed of progress in carrying out the Forest Resources Assessment 2000 on the basis of Information Note FO:APFC/2000/INF.5.

Good progress was reported in collecting and verifying forest resources data from most countries in Asia, while considerable work remained for the Pacific island countries. The Commission was informed of ongoing efforts to validate information in advance of official publication, including through upcoming workshops in Bhutan and the South Pacific and through the FAO forestry website.

The Commission was also informed of FAO's plans to complete and publish a series of special studies as part of the Forest Resources Assessment 2000, including studies on trees outside forests, biomass, non-wood forest products, and fires.

The Commission urged those countries that have not yet provided relevant data for the Forest Resources Assessment 2000, or validated their data, to do so as soon as possible.

REGIONAL ISSUES IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION FOR THE ATTENTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON FORESTRY (Item 11)

Recognizing that national forest programmes are useful for facilitating forest planning and mobilizing and coordinating necessary support for forestry in countries around the world, the Commission wished to draw to the attention of COFO its request to FAO to increase support for the implementation of national forest programmes and the transfer of technology.

The Commission highlighted the progress and activities of its ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management, particularly its work in supporting the implementation of the Code of Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific. It wished to inform COFO of the importance of securing firm political and administrative support for implementation of the Code and the Commission's recommendation that efforts be made to link implementation to existing initiatives for which political commitment already exists (e.g., international initiatives for the development and implementation of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, ITTO's Year 2000 Objective, and ASEAN and SPC initiatives on forestry).

The Commission wished to inform COFO of the interesting results of the "Study of the Efficacy of Removing Natural Forests from Timber Production as a Strategy for Conserving Forests." Recognizing that the results of the study may be valuable to countries outside the region, the Commission wished to inform COFO that it had requested FAO to widely disseminate the results of the study.

The Commission requested COFO to consider the difficulty that many countries with limited financial resources have in participating fully in global fora such as the proposed United Nations Forum on Forests. It therefore wished to suggest to COFO that FAO's regional forestry commissions and COFO could play important roles in supporting practical implementation of IPF/IFF proposals and facilitating dialogue and cooperation.

Acknowledging that many issues related to forest certification and the forestry aspects of the Kyoto Protocol remained to be resolved, the Commission wished to draw to the attention of COFO the need for increased efforts to address these concerns and to facilitate information sharing and dialogue on these issues.

The Commission concluded that convening in-session seminars, or seminars prior to the Commission's main session, was an effective mechanism to enhance participation and improve the exchange of views and information. It suggested that COFO take note of this strategy and recommend it for possible adoption by other regional forestry commissions. The Commission also urged COFO to consider ways of enhancing the participation of the private sector and non-governmental organizations in regional forestry commission sessions and activities.

OTHER BUSINESS (Item 12)

The Commission appreciated a report from the Forest and Trees Adviser of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community on the recently concluded meeting of the South Pacific Heads of Forestry. The meeting had identified important forestry issues and challenges of the Pacific island members. It had also developed a strategic plan for supporting forestry development, covering aspects of sustainable forest management, sustainable utilization of forest products, and agroforestry. The meeting also:

An evaluation of the session was conducted. Delegates indicated strong appreciation for the in-session seminar on certification and the pre-session seminar on the efficacy of removing natural forests from timber production as a strategy for conserving forests. They suggested the need for further encouraging more open discussion and dialogue during future sessions.

The Commission commended the support of the Secretariat for the excellent arrangements for the meeting, and the Rapporteur and Secretary for providing a comprehensive draft report for approval by the Commission.

DATE AND PLACE OF THE NEXT SESSION (Item 13)

The Commission noted with appreciation the offers of the delegations from Mongolia and Lao PDR to host its nineteenth session.

ADOPTION OF THE REPORT (Item 14)

The draft report was adopted by the Commission with minor corrections and clarifications, which are reflected in this report.

CLOSING

77. The Honorable Henry Palaszczuk, Minister for Primary Industries and Rural Communities, Queensland, officially closed the session.


APPENDIX A

AGENDA


APPENDIX B

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS


Chairman: Peter Yuile (Australia)
Vice-Chairman: H.B. Bandaratillake (Sri Lanka)
Xeme Samountry (Laos)
Lamjav Dorjtseden (Mongolia)
Rapporteur: Gary Man (U.S.A)
Secretary: Patrick B. Durst (FAO)

MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION

AUSTRALIA


The Hon. Wilson Tuckey MP
Minister for Forestry and Conservation
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (61-2)6277 7270
Fax: (61-2)6273 7096

The Hon. Henry Palaszczuk
Minster for Primary Industries and
Rural Communities
Primary Industries Building
80 Ann St.
Brisbane, QLD 4000

David Whitrow
Senior Advisor
Office of the Minister for Forestry and
Conservation
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (61-2)6277 7270
Fax: (61-2)6273 7096

Graeme Hallett
Office of the Minister for Forestry and
Conservation
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (61-2)6277 7270
Fax: (61-2)6273 7096

Peter Yuile
First Assistant Secretary
Fisheries and Forestry Industries
Division
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Australia
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6272 5931
Fax: (61-2)6272 4875
E-mail: peter.yuile@affa.gov.au

Robert Rawson
Assistant Secretary
Forest Industries Branch
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Australia
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6272 4620
Fax: (61-2)6272 4875
E-mail: rob.rawson@affa.gov.au

Dougal Morrison
Director
State and International Relations
Forest Industries Branch
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Australia
GPO Box 858, Barton
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6272 3278
Fax: (61-2)6272 4875
E-mail: dougal.morrison@affa.gov.au

Brian O'Neill
Assistant Director
International Forests Unit
Environment Australia
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6274 1294
Fax: (61-2)6274 1322
E-mail: brian.o'neill@ea.gov.au

Tracey Reed
State and International Relations
Forest Industries Branch
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Australia
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6272 3430
Fax: (61-2)6272 4875
E-mail: tracey.reed@affa.gov.au

Kate Hartridge
Forest Industries Branch
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Australia
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6272 5906
Fax: (61-2)6272 4875
E-mail: kate.hartridge@affa.gov.au

Sharyn Joce
Program Officer
PNG Renewable Resources, AusAid
62 Northbourne Ave.
Canberra City, ACT 2600
Tel: (61-2)6206 4681
Fax: (61-2)6206 4589
E-mail: Sharyn_Joce@ausaid.gov.au

Ian Ferguson
Professor and Head of Forestry
Department
School of Forestry
University of Melbourne
Melbourne Victoria 3010
Tel: (61-3)8344 5240
Fax: (61-3)9349 4172
E-mail: I.Ferguson@landfood.unimelb.edu.au

Alex Somlyay MP
Member for Fairfax
Parliament House, George Street
Brisbane 4000
Tel: (61-7)5471 6611

BANGLADESH


A.H.M. Monzurul Karim
Deputy Chief Conservator of Forest
Forest Department
Ministry of Environment and Forest
Banabhaban, Mohakhali
Gulshah Road, Dhaka 1212
Tel: (880-2)9884963, (880-2)9350401
Fax: (880-2)8810704

BHUTAN


Lobzang Dorji
Divisional Forest Officer
Department of Forestry Services
Forest Resources Development
Division
Ministry of Agriculture
P.O. Box 751, Thimphu
Tel: (00975-2)322560
Fax: (00975-2)322395
E-mail: lobzang90@hotmail.com

CAMBODIA


Eang Savet
Senior Forestry Officer
Department of Forestry and Wildlife
#40 Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh
Tel: (855-15)921153
Fax: (855-23)218739
E-mail: dfw.fcmr@bigpond.com.kh

CHINA, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF


Su Ming
Director
Department of International
Cooperation
State Forestry Administration
18 Hepingli Dongjie, Beijing 100714
Tel: (86-10)8423 8719
Fax: (86-10)8423 8749
E-mail: mofdip@public.fhnet.cn.net

Zhang Songdan
Director
Department of Forest Resources
State Forestry Administration
18 Hepingli Dongjie, Beijing 100714
Tel: (86-10)8423 8408
Fax: (86-10)8423 8495
E-mail: dofro@public3.bta.net.cn

Wu Zhimin
Deputy Director
Department of International
Cooperation
State Forestry Administration
18 Hepingli Dongjie, Beijing 100714
Tel: (86-10)8423 8798
Fax: (86-10)8423 8749
E-mail: mofdip@public.fhnet.cn.net

Xiao Wenfa
Professor
P.O. Box 67
Chinese Academy of Forestry
Wanshoushanhou, Haidian District
Beijing 100091
Tel: (86-10)6288 9533
Fax: (86-10)6288 9555
E-mail: xiaowenf@fee.forestry.ac.cn

Yang Yuexian
Deputy Director
Centre for Natural Forest Conservation
State Forestry Administration
18 Hepingli Dongjie, Beijing 100714
Tel: (86-10)8423 8917
Fax: (86-10)6429 4373
E-mail: forestpr@public.bta.cn

FIJI


Ram Swarup
Conservator of Forests
Department of Forestry
P.O. Box 2218
Government Buildings, Suva
Tel: (679)302740
Fax: (679)302595

INDONESIA


I Gusti Tantra
Instructor, Centre for Education
Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
Pusdiklat-Dephutbun, P.O. Box 141
Bogor 16610
Tel: (62-251)313622
Fax: (62-251)323565
E-mail: tantra@indo.net.id

Muhammad Firman
Staff for DG of Production Forest
Management
Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
Manggala Wanabakti Bldg., Block I,
6/F, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270
Tel: (62-21)5730255
Fax: (62-21)5733336

Dadang S. Djajaredja
Head
Multilateral and International
Commodity Association Division
Bureau of Planning and International
Cooperation
Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
Manggala Wanabakti Bldg., Block 7,
4/F, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270
Tel: (62-21)5701114
Fax: (62-21)5720210

Boedijono
Director, Centre for Standardisation
and Environment
Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
Manggala Wanabakti Bldg., Block 4,
7/F, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270
Tel: (62-21)5733433
Fax: (62-21)5733433

Herman Prayudi
Coordinator for Natural Forest,
Forest Plantation and Foreign Affairs
The Association of Indonesian Forest
Concession Holders (APHI)
Manggala Wanabakti Bldg., Block 4,
9/F, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270
Tel: (62-21)5737036, 5701154-55
Fax: (62-21)5732564
E-mail: aphijkt@cbn.net.id,
herman@idola.net.id

R. Robianto Koestomo
Chairman of Foreign Affairs Divisions
The Association of Indonesian Forest
Concession, Holders (APHI)
Manggala Wanabakti Bldg., Block 4,
9/F, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270
Tel: (62-21)5737036, 5701154-55
Fax: (62-21)5732564
E-mail: aphifjkt@cbn.net.id

Robert Sianturi
Chairman of Natural Forest Division
The Association of Indonesian Forest
Concession Holders (APHI)
Manggala Wanabakti Bldg., Block 4,
9/F, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270
Tel: (62-21)5737036, 5701154-55
Fax: (62-21)5732564
E-mail: aphijkt@cbn.net.id

Tri Nugroho
Board of Directors
Pelangi Indonesia/Latin
Jalan Danau Tondano No.A-4
Jakarta 10210
Tel: (62-21)5735020, 5719360
Fax: (62-21)5732503
E-mail: treenug@cbn.net.id

Dradjad Hariwibowo
Executive Director
Indonesian Ecolabelling Institute (LEI)
Menara Era Suite 703
J1 Senen Raya 135-137 Jakarta 10410
Tel: (62-21)3865457-58, 34831319-20
Fax: 62-21-3865462
E-mail: dhwibowo@indo.net.id

Elias
Lecturer
Faculty of Forestry
Bogor Agricultural University, IPB
Kampus IPB Darmaga
P.O. Box 168, Bogor 16001
Tel: (62-251)621285
Fax: (62-251)621256
E-mail: el-ros@bogor.wasantara.net.id

Tuti Wahyuningsih
Second Secretary
Indonesia Embassy
8 Darwin Ave., Yarralumla
Canberra ACT 2600, AUSTRALIA
Tel: (61-2)6250 8600
E-mail: wtuti@hotmail.com

Zahrial Coto
Professor, Head of Lab.
Faculty of Forestry
Bogor Agricultural University, IPB
Kampus IPB, Darmaga, Bogor
Tel: (62-251)628012
Fax: (62-251)621256
E-mail: coto@bogor.wasantara.net.id

Kristiyono Fajari
Director
Indonesian Forestry Community, MPI
Manggala Wanabhakti Block IV, 9/F
Jln. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta
Tel: (62-21)5705082
Fax: (62-21)5705083
E-mail: mpijkt@cbn.net.id

Petrus Gunarso
Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
Indonesia
c/o 5/33 Central Avenue, St. Lucia
Brisbane, QLD 4067, AUSTRALIA
Tel: (61-7)3365 7158

JAPAN


Hiroyuki Kanazawa
Director
International Forestry Cooperation
Office, Forestry Agency
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8952
Tel: (81-3)3951 8449
Fax: (81-3)3593 9565
E-mail: hiroyuki_kanazawa@nm.maff.go.jp

Makiko Uemoto
Section Chief
International Forestry Cooperation
Office, Forestry Agency
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8952
Tel: (81-3)3591 8449
Fax: (81-3)3593 9565
E-mail: makiko_uemoto@nm.maff.go.jp

KOREA, REP. OF


Hong Changwon
Assistant Director
International Cooperation Division
Korea Forest Service
920 Dusan-dong, Seo-gu
Taejeon 302-701
Tel: (82-42)4814148
Fax: (82-42)4814009
E-mail: cwh600@foa.go.kr

Lee Kyung-ho
Assistant Director
International Cooperation Division
Korea Forest Service
920 Dusan-dong, Seo-gu
Taejeon 302-701
Tel: (82-42)4814142
Fax: (82-42)4814009
E-mail: LKH0205@foa.go.kr

LAO PDR


Xeme Samountry
Director-General
Department of Forestry
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
P.O. Box 2932, Vientiane
Tel: (856-21)215000, 222536
Fax: (856-21)215230, 215004

MALAYSIA


Aziyah Mohamad
Assistant Secretary
Forestry Development Division
Ministry of Primary Industries,
Malaysia
8th Floor, Dayabumi Complex
Jln. Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (603)2275 6147
Fax: (603)2274 5014
E-mail: aziyah@kpu.gov.my

Na'aman Jaafar
Director
Forest Planning Unit
Forestry Department Headquarters
Peninsular Malaysia
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin
Kuala Lumpur 50660
Tel: (603)2962530
Fax: (603)2925657
E-mail: naaman@forestry.gov.my

Rahim Sulaiman
Deputy Director (Planning)
Sabah Forestry Department
Forestry Department, Locked Bag 68
90009 Sandakan, Sabah
Tel: (60-89)672060
Fax: (60-89)669170
E-mail: ro.1.htan@sabah.gov.my

Barney Chan
General Manager
Sarawak Timber Association
P.O. Box 171, Bukit Mata Kuching
Kuching 93100
Tel: (60-82)442935
Fax: (60-82-441477
E-mail: sta@sta.org.my

MONGOLIA


Lamjav Dorjtseden
Deputy Director
Policy Coordination Department
Ministry of Nature and Environment
Government Building 3
Baga Toiruu 44, Ulaanbaatar 11
Tel: (976-1)312257, 364697
Fax: (976-1)321401
E-mail: Baigyam@magicnet.mn

MYANMAR


U Shwe Kyaw
Deputy Director-General
Forest Department
Bayintnaung Road
West Gyogon, Yangon
Tel: (95-1)681758
Fax: (95-1)664336
E-mail: DG.FD@MTPT400.Stems.Com

NEPAL


Indra Singh Karki
Director-General
Department of Forests
Ministry of Forestry and Soil
Conservation
P.O. Box 20607
Babar Mahal, Kathmandu
Tel: (977-1)227574
Fax: (977-1)227374
E-mail: dof@col.com.np,
karki_is@hotmail.com

Mohan Wagley
Director-General
Department of Soil Conservation/
Watershed Management
P.O. Box 20607
Babar Mahal, Kathmandu
Tel: (977-1)220552, 225144
Fax: (977-1)229067

NEW ZEALAND


David Rhodes
Senior Policy Analyst
International Policy
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
ASB Bank House
101-103 The Terrace
P.O. Box 2526, Wellington
Tel: (64-4)4989829
Fax: (64-4)4744206
E-mail: Rhodesd@MAF.govt.nz

Alan Reid
Consultant
Senior Policy Analyst
Sustainable Resource Use Policy
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
ASB Bank House
101-103 The Terrace
P.O. Box 2526, Wellington
Tel: (64-4)4989856
Fax: (64-4)4989898
E-mail: reida@maf.govt.nz

James V. Griffiths
Chief Executive
New Zealand Forest Industries Council
P.O. Box 2727
Wellington
Tel: (64-4)4739220
Fax: (64-4)4739330
E-mail: griffithsj@nzfic.org.nz

PAKISTAN


Mohmmad Javed Malik
Secretary
Forest, Wildlife, Fisheries and Tourism
Department
Government of Punjab, Lahore
Tel: (92-42)7562716, 7560292
Fax: (92-42)7562712

PAPUA NEW GUINEA


Dike Kari
Director (Forest Policy - Secretariat)
Papua New Guinea Forest Authority
National Forest Service
P.O. Box 5055, Boroko
Tel: (675)3277835
Fax: (675)3254433
E-mail: pngfa.gm@datec.com.pg

PHILIPPINES


Alfredo S. Pascual
Regional Executive Director
DENR-Region 10
Cagayan de Oro City
Tel: (63-88)8568200
Fax: (63-88)8569591
E-mail: redasp@cdo.weblinq.com

Ernesto S. Guiang
Natural Resources Management
Consultant
World Bank Resident Mission,
Philippines
48-A Adey 2, Project 6, Quezon City
Tel: (63-2)9226277
Fax: (63-2)6375870
E-mail: eguiang@worldbank.org,
esguiang@skyinet.net

Maria Araceli Albarece
Agricultural Attaché
Embassy of the Philippines
1 Moonah Place
Yarralumla ACT 2600, AUSTRALIA
Tel: (61-2)6273 2584
Fax: (61-2)6273 2113
E-mail: attache@ozemail.com.au

SAMOA


Filipo Iosua
Regional Forest Officer
Forestry Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Forest,
Fisheries and Meteorology
P.O. Box 1874, Apia
Tel: (685)22561
Fax: (685)22565
E-mail: miakopo@samoa.ws

SOLOMON ISLANDS


Edwin Alamate
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Natural Resources
Department of Forests, Environment
and Conservation
P.O. Pox G24, Honiara
Tel: (677)25848
Fax: (677)21245

Peter Sheehan
Commissioner of Forests
Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box G24, Honiara
Tel: (677)25752
Fax: (677)25752
E-mail: sheehan@welkam.solomon.com.sb
forestry1@welkam.solomon.com.sb

SRI LANKA


H.M. Bandaratillake
Conservator of Forests
Forest Department
Sampathpaya, Rajamalwatta Road
P.O. Box 3, Battaramulla
Tel: (94-1)866616
Fax: (94-1)866633
E-mail: forest@slt.lk

K.P. Jayasena
Director
Forestry Development Division
Ministry of Forestry & Environment
Sampathpaya, Battaramulla
Tel: (94-1)863480
Fax: (94-1)877292
E-mail: forest@slt.lk

THAILAND


Boonchoob Boontawee
Director of Forest Research Office
Royal Forest Department
61 Phaholyothin Road
Chatuchuk, Bangkok 10900
Tel: (66-2)5614292 Ext. 400
Fax: (66-2)5614809
E-mail: silvic31@forest.go.th

Sureeratna Lakanavichian
Assistant Professor
Forest Resources Department
Faculty of Agriculture
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai 50200
Tel: (66-53)219970, 944099
Fax: (66-53)219970
E-mail: agislknv@chiangmai.ac.th

U.S.A.


Alex Moad
Assistant Director for Technical
Cooperation, International Programs
US Forest Service, 1099 14th St. NW Suite 5500 W, Washington DC20005
Tel: (202)2730163
Fax: (202)2734750
E-mail: amoad@fs.fed.us

Gary Man
International Programs
Asia-Pacific Program Coordinator
USDA Forest Service, 1099 14th St. NW Suite 5500 W, Washington
DC20005
Tel: (202)2734740
Fax: (202)2734750
E-mail: gman@fs.fed.us

Thomas Waggener
Consultant/Sr. Study Coordinator
International Forestry Sector Analysis
(IFSA), 1611 145th PLSE
Mill Creek WA98012
Tel: (1-425)3852206
Fax: (1-425)3852246
E-mail: IFSAWagg@msn.com

VANUATU


Livo Mele
Director of Forests
Vanuatu Department of Forests
Private Mail Bag 064, Port Vila
Tel: (678)23856, 23171
Fax: (678)25051
E-mail: forestry@vanuatu.gov.vu

Adam Gerrand
Principal Forest Officer (Technical)
Vanuatu Department of Forests
Private Mail Bag 064, Port Vila
Tel: (678)23856, 23171
Fax: (678)25051
E-mail: agerrand@vanuatu.com.vu

VIET NAM


Pham Xuan Phuong
Forestry Policy Expert
Department of Policy
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development
2 Ngoc Ha Street, Badinh District, Hanoi,
Tel: (84-4)8434678
Fax: (84-4)8438233

OBSERVERS FROM INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY (SPC)


Kanawi Pouru
Forests and Trees Adviser
SPC Forests & Trees Programme
c/o UNDP PMB Suva, FIJI
Tel: (679)300432
Fax: (679)305212
E-mail: kanawip@spc.int

Isoa Korovulavula
Environment Officer
SPC/GTZ/Pacific German Regional
Forestry Project
P.O. Box 14041, Suva, FIJI
Tel: (679)305983
Fax: (679)315446
E-mail: gtz@is.com.fj

Evelyn Reigber
Team Leader
SPC/GTZ/Pacific German Regional Forestry Project
P.O. Box 14041, Suva, FIJI
Tel: (679)305983
Fax: (679)315446
E-mail: gtz@is.com.fj

OBSERVERS FROM INTERNATIONAL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH (CIFOR)


Grahame Applegate
Center for International Forestry
Research (CIFOR)
P.O. Box 6596 JKPWB
Jakarta 10065, INDONESIA
Tel: (62-251)622622
Fax: (62-251)622100
E-mail: g.applegate@cgiar.org

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC)


Sian Tuan Mok
Board Member
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
7 Lorong Kemaris Dua
Bukit Bandar Raya
59100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Tel: (603)2557950
E-mail: moki@tm.net.my

INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER ORGANIZATION (ITTO)


Alastair Sarre
Editor/Newsletter Coordinator
International Tropical Timber
Organization (ITTO)
International Organizations Centre, 5/F
Pacific-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato-
mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, JAPAN
Tel: (81-45)2231110
Fax: (81-45)2231111
E-mail: itto@mail.itto_unet.ocn.ne.jp

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF FORESTRY RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS (IUFRO)


Russell J. Haines
Director, Queensland ForestryResearch
Institute (QFRI)
Gate 3, 80 Meiers Road / P.O. Box 631
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
AUSTRALIA
Tel: (61-7)3896 9714
Fax: (61-7)3896 9628
E-mail: hainesr@qfril.se2.dpi.qld.gov.au,
hainesr@qfslab.ind.dpi.gov.au

REGIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY TRAINING CENTER (RECOFTC)


Robert J. Fisher
Deputy Director
Regional Community Forestry Training
Center (RECOFTC)
Kasetsart University, P.O. Box 1111 Bangkok 10903, THAILAND
Tel: (66-2)9405700
Fax: (66-2)5614880
E-mail: ftcrjf@nontri.ku.ac.th

TROPICAL FOREST FOUNDATION (TFF)


Art Klassen
Regional Director
Tropical Forest Foundation
Manggala Wanabakti Blk IV, 9/F
Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Senayan
Jakarta 10270, INDONESIA
Tel: (62-21)5735589
Fax: (62-21)5790 2925
E-mail: tff@cbn.net.id

WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF)


Zhu Chunquan
Forest Programme Officer
WWF China Programme Office
Room 701, The Gateway
10 Yabao Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020, CHINA
Tel: (86-10)6591 5732-37
Fax: (86-10)6591 5731
E-mail: cqzhu@mailhost.cinet.com.cn

HOST COUNTRY SECRETARIAT


Tracey Reed
State and International Relations
Forest Industries Branch
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry -
Australia
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6272 3430
Fax: (61-2)6272 4875
E-mail: tracey.reed@affa.gov.au

Kate Hartridge
Forest Industries Branch
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry -
Australia
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (61-2)6272 5906
Fax: (61-2)6272 4875
E-mail: kate.hartridge@affa.gov.au

Sarah Norman
Queensland Forest Research Institute
MS 483, Fraser Road
Gympie, QLD 4570
Tel: (61-7)5482 0896
Fax: (61-7)5482 8755
E-mail: Normans@qfril.se2.dpi.qld.gov.au

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS


M. Hosny El-Lakany
Assistant Director-General
Forestry Department
FAO
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100, ITALY
Tel: (39-06)5705 5879
Fax: (39-06)5705 2151
E-mail: hosny.ellakany@fao.org

Jim Bourke
Senior Forestry Officer (Trade
Analysis)
Forestry Department
FAO
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100, ITALY
Tel: (39-06)5705 4174
Fax: (39-06)5705 5618
E-mail: jim.bourke@fao.org

Patrick B. Durst
Senior Forestry Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and
the Pacific
Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road
Bangkok 10200, THAILAND
Tel: (662)2817844
Fax: (662)2800445
E-mail: Patrick.Durst@fao.org

Darmo Suparmo
NFP Adviser (Asia-Pacific)
FAO Regional Office for Asia and
the Pacific
Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road
Bangkok 10200, THAILAND
Tel: (662)2817844
Fax: (662)2800445
E-mail: Darmo.Suparmo@fao.org

Aru Joel Mathias
Forest Resources Management Officer
Forestry Department
FAO Sub-Regional Office
Private Mail Bag, Apia
SAMOA
Tel: (685)22127
Fax: (685)22126
E-mail: Aru.Mathias@fao.org

Michèle Millanès
Meetings Assistant a.i.
Forestry Department
FAO
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome 00100, ITALY
Tel: (39-06)5705 3641
Fax: (39-06)5705 2151
E-mail: michele.millanes@fao.org

Amy Tanachiva
Secretary
FAO Regional Office for Asia and
the Pacific
Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road
Bangkok 10200, THAILAND
Tel: (662)2817844
Fax: (662)2800445
E-mail: D.Tanachiva@fao.org

Thomas Enters
Resource Person
16 Jalan Tan Jit Seng
11200 Penang, MALAYSIA
Tel: (60-4)8999261
E-mail: lctesea@pc.jaring.my


APPENDIX C

LIST OF DOCUMENTS


Agenda Item

Code

Title

1

FO:APFC/2000/1

Provisional Agenda

3

FO:APFC/2000/2

State of Forestry in the Region

4

FO:APFC/2000/3

Review of FAO Regular and Field Programmes, including follow-up to the requests and recommendations of the 17th session of the Commission

5

FO:APFC/2000/4

Report of the activities and progress of the APFC ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management

5(a)

FO:APFC/2000/5

Implementing of the Code of Practice for forest harvesting in Asia-Pacific and support for national codes

5(b)

FO:APFC/2000/6

Regional strategy for implementing the Code of Practice for forest harvesting in Asia-Pacific

5(c)

FO:APFC/2000/7

Regional initiative for the development and implementation of criteria and indicators for sustainable management of dry forests in Asia

5(d)

FO:APFC/2000/8

Efficacy of removing natural forests from timber production as a strategy for conserving forests

6

FO:APFC/2000/9

Follow-up to the IFF: Recent developments, expectations of countries, opportunities for nfp development and challenges in implementing recommendations

7

FO:APFC/2000/10

In-session Seminar: Certification and forest product labelling: A review

8

FO:APFC/2000/11

Forestry and the Kyoto Protocol: Key issues

Information documents
 
 
FO:APFC/2000/INF.1

Information Note
 
FO:APFC/2000/INF.2

Provisional Timetable
 
FO:APFC/2000/INF.3

List of documents
 
FO:APFC/2000/INF.4

Preparations for the International Year of Mountains - 2002
 
FO:APFC/2000/INF.5

Preliminary FRA 2000 findings
 
FO:APFC/2000/INF.6

EC-FAO Partnership Programme (2000-2002)

APPENDIX D

TERMS OF REFERENCE

AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

2000-2002

Background


The eighteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission considered positively the initial work of the ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management in the Asia-Pacific Region carried out during the 1998-2000 biennium. The Commission endorsed the Regional Strategy for the Implementation of the Code of Practice of Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific that was produced in March 2000 under the coordinated efforts of the ad hoc Working Group. The Commission agreed that the mandate of the ad hoc Working Group should be to support and help coordinate priority activities related to the implementation of the Regional Strategy, criteria and indicators, and protected areas.

Objective


To pursue the practical implementation of sustainable forest management activities.

Explanation


Non-sustainable forest management is the result of many causes. Forest management agencies can work towards changing this situation through a range of activities including the development and implementation of codes of practice and establishment and effective management of protected areas.
Codes of practice and other tools are seen as important measures in moving toward sustainable forest management.

Membership


Membership in the Working Group is open to all members of the Commission and collaborating organizations.

Tasks


The primary tasks of the ad hoc Working Group until the nineteenth session of the Commission meeting are to:
It is envisaged that the Working Group will collaborate with relevant organizations, regional groups and member countries to implement specific aspects of the Regional Strategy for the Implementation of the Code of Practice of Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific.
It is envisaged that the above work could be undertaken in consultation and cooperation with other relevant organizations.

Management


Coordination of the work is the responsibility of the Task Manager, with Secretariat assistance to be provided by the FAO Regional Office. The ad hoc Working Group will be supported by FAO, through the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, to the extent possible, and it will work with the Regional Office to mobilize financial and human resources to support these activities.

Duration and status


This Working Group is an informal ad hoc body, not a permanent mechanism. It is task-focused with the specific target outcomes. Regular report to the APFC members is expected. The ad hoc Working Group will report the outcome of its activities to the nineteenth session of the APFC, at which time the Commission will consider any future activity for the Group.

APPENDIX E

ASIA-PACIFIC FORESTRY COMMISSION

AGENDA

PRE-APFC POLICY SEMINAR


Efficacy of Removing Natural Forests from Timber Production
as a Strategy for Conserving Forests
Noosaville, Queensland, Australia
Sunday, 14 May 2000
07:30am REGISTRATION
08:30am Opening Session
Welcome to Participants
Mr. M. Hosny El-Lakany, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
Dr. I Gusti Tantra, Task Manager, APFC Working Group on Sustainable Forest Management
Introduction to APFC "Study of Efficacy of Removing Natural Forests from Timber Production as a Strategy for Conserving Forests"
Patrick B. Durst, Senior Forestry Officer (Asia and the Pacific), FAO/RAP
08:40am Status of Study and Preliminary Regional Overview: The What, Why and How of Timber Harvesting Restrictions
Thomas R. Waggener, Sr. Study Coordinator, Consultant, International Forestry Sector Analysis (IFSA), USA
08:55am Session Two - Case Studies - What Have We Learned?
A. Looking Back - Experiences Gained
Sri Lanka: A Decade of Natural Forest Conservation and Transition to Non-Forest Timber Supplies
H.M. Bandaratillake, Conservator of Forests, Forest Department of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
09:15am Thailand and the Timber Ban: What's Worked and What Hasn't
Suree Lakanavichian, Consultant, Resource Sociology and Policy Analyst, Forest Resources Dept., Faculty of Agriculture, Chiangmai Univ., Thailand
09:35am Discussion Session #1
10:00am Morning Break
10:20am B. Policies in Transition: Change and the Political Processes of Logging Restrictions
10:25am New Zealand and Forestry Sector Reforms: Where does Conservation of Natural
Forests Fit?
Alan Reid, Consultant, Sr. Policy Analyst, Sustainable Resource Use Policy, MAF Policy, Wellington, New Zealand
10:45am Philippines and the Timber Ban Issue: How Much is Enough-Will SFM
Suffice?
Ernesto S. Guiang, Consultant, Forest Economics and Policy, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
11:05am Discussion Session #2
11:30am C. Implementing New Initiatives for Natural Forest Conservation: The Role of Logging Bans and Timber Harvesting Restrictions in a New Era
11:35am China's Natural Forest Conservation and Protection Initiatives: National Mandate for Change
Yang YueXian, Deputy Director, Management Center for Natural Forest Conservation Project, State Forestry Administration, Hepingli, Beijing, China
11:55am Vietnam's Logging Ban and the Transition to Plantations: Strategies for the Future of Natural Forest Conservation
Pham Xuan Phuong, Forest Policy Expert, Department of Agricultural and Rural Development Policy, Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, Hanoi, Vietnam
12:15pm D. Discussion Session #3
12:40pm Lunch Break
01:30pm Session Three - Issues and Options - Expert Panel # 1
01:35pm A. Natural Forest Conservation Goals: Indicators and Criteria for Assessing Protection Success
Speaker/Discussant: Zhu Chunquan, WWF/China , Beijing, People's Republic of China
01:50pm B. Forest Conservation: Feasibility of Certified Sustainable Management
Speaker/Discussant: S. T. Mok, Board Member, Forest Stewardship Council, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
02:05pm C. Natural Forest Conservation: Alternative Options and Approaches- Australian Experience with Regional Forest Agreements
Speaker/Discussant: Dougal Morrison,, Forest Assessment Branch, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia
02:20pm Panel Discussion and Questions/Comments from the Floor
02:45pm Session Four - Issues and Options - Expert Panel # 2
02:50pm D. Reduced Impact Logging: Can Timber Harvesting and Environmental Protection Co-Exist? Compatible and Incompatible Choices

Speaker/Discussant: Elias, Lecturer, Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia
03:05pm E. Realizing Forest Conservation: Timber Production from Natural Forests - An Industrial Perspective
Speaker/Discussant: Barney Chan, General Manager, Sarawak Timber Association, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
03:20pm Panel Discussion and Questions/Comments from the Floor
03:40pm Afternoon Break
04:05pm Session Five - Issues and Options - Expert Panel #3
04:10pm F. International Trade Implications of Asia-Pacific Logging Bans: Who Gains and Who Loses?
Speaker/Discussant: Jim Bourke, Sr. Forestry Officer, Trade Analysis, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
04:25pm G. Social and Economic Impacts and Public Responsibilities: Safety Nets for
Natural Forest Policies and New Utilization Schemes
Speaker/Discussant: Ian Ferguson, Forestry Program Head, University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia
04:40pm Panel Discussion and Questions/Comments from the Floor
05:00pm Presentation and Adoption of Recommendations to APFC
05:40pm Wrap-up & Adjournment of Seminar

APPENDIX F


ASIA-PACIFIC FORESTRY COMMISSION

AGENDA

IN-SESSION SEMINAR

Certification and Its Future Role in Sustainable Forest Management
in the Asia-Pacific Region
Noosaville, Queensland, Australia
Wednesday, 16 May 2000
09.00am Introduction. Moderator - I.J. Bourke, FAO
09.10am Certification's role in sustainable forest management in Asia-Pacific (S.T. Mok, Board Member, Forest Stewardship Council, Mexico)
09.30am Issues facing small producers (R. Fisher, Deputy Director, Regional Community Forestry Training Centre, Thailand)
09.50am The market benefits of certification for Asia-Pacific producers (B. Chan, General Manager, Sarawak Timber Association, Malaysia)
10.10am Morning Break
10.30am The international dialogue on certification (A. Sarre, Editor, Tropical Forest Update, International Tropical Timber Organisation, Japan)
Panel presentations
11.00am Introduction of panel. I.J. Bourke, FAO
11.10am Is certification a private sector responsibility? (J. Griffiths, Executive Director, New Zealand Forest Industries Council, New Zealand).
11.20am Government's role in certification in Asia-Pacific (P. Yuile, First Assistant Secretary, Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry - Australia).
11.30am Certification in the Asia-Pacific region - where is it going? (D. Hariwibowo, Executive Director, Lembaga Ekolabel Indonesia, Indonesia)
11.40am- Discussion session
12.30pm Open question and discussion period.
Closing comments

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